No one wants to be worried about acne and "back-ne" while they're out on the beach this summer!
Acne is a common skin condition and one that almost everyone suffers from at some point in their lives. Here is a list of holistic ways you can help to reduce acne without the use of pharmaceuticals.
1) WASH YOUR MAKEUP BRUSHES FREQUENTLY
It is so easily overlooked when you are in a hurry, but having clean makeup brushes can significantly reduce blocked pores. Dirty brushes are full of oil and bacteria that you are reapplying to your skin every time you use them. Make it your mission to wash your brushes with soap and water at least once per week and you should start to see an improvement in your skin within days.
2) CHANGE YOUR PILLOWCASE
If you haven't changed your pillowcase this week, this is your reminder to throw it in the wash now! Similar to having dirty makeup brushes, having a pillowcase that is full of oil, sweat and old skincare product is no way to ward off acne. Clean your sheets at least once per week and ideally hang them in the sun to dry. Sunlight is the ultimate virus and bacteria killer!
3) AVOID DAIRY, SUGAR AND CAFFEINE WHEN YOU ARE PRE-MENSTRUAL
The 3 things that your hormones crave are dairy, sugar and caffeine - and unfortunately, chocolate contains all three. In the week leading up to your period, try to resist the temptation of overloading on chocolate and try to maintain a balanced diet (and drink plenty of water) and your skin will thank you.
4) MONTHLY SKIN TREATMENTS
Just like going to the gym is beneficial for your fitness, keeping regular skin appointments is beneficial for your skin - but you only need to go once per month! If your skin cells are turning over at an effective rate, your skin is far less likely to build up with toxins which create inflammation. And here's our biggest tip for women - try to book your monthly skin treatment in for the week before your period! This way your skin is already in fight mode by the time those pores start playing up, which should help to alleviate those hormone-related break-outs. (Remember: your body is more sensitive to pain while you have your period, so the week before is the ideal time. Here are some of our favourite treatments to target acne:
Acne Bootcamp (Microdermabrasion, Peel and Extractions) This treatment is designed to exfoliate away dead skin build up, free your pores from blockages and generate new healthy skin cells.
Skin Needling with Hyaluronic Acid, Stem Cells or Peptides Believe it or not - acne is often relieved with hydration. Having well-conditioned skin calms your oil glands so that they stop overreacting and overproducing oil.
PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) Using your body's own healing mechanism, PRP helps to reduce scarring as well as active acne by putting the plasma directly into the targeted area.
Blue Light LED Therapy If you are looking for something mild and gentle, Blue Light Therapy is the answer. It is cost effective, fast and requires minimal contact. Blue Light LED helps to slow down hyperactivity in the skin, which is often a contributing cause to acne and inflammation.
If your schedule and budget doesn't allow for monthly clinic appointments, you can invest in an acne-specific home skincare routine.
One of the easiest purchases that you can make is the Acnelan home performance kit which includes 6 full-size products designed to last you 3-6 months.
Purifying Mousse Anti-pollution cleansing foam for acne-prone skin. Has a light texture and contains glucosides and refreshing agents that clear impurities from the skin, leaving it soft and fresh. How To Use: Moisten the skin to treat and apply purifying mousse evenly, rubbing gently with the fingertips to remove excess sebum and impurities from the skin surface. Rinse with plenty of water.
Pure Renewing Mask Exfoliating and purifying facial mask with inert granules for acne-prone and seborrhoeic skin. How To Use: Apply a generous and even layer of pure renewing mask, avoiding the eye contour and contact with mucous membranes. Allow to act for approximately 10 minutes. Use a sponge and water to remove excess product. Apply once a week.
Acne One Daily-use cream designed for an optimal control of acne and seborrhoea-prone skins. Reduces sebum production, bacterial proliferation and epidermal redness. How To Use: Apply daily a thin, even layer of acne one to clean skin, avoiding contact with the eye contour and mucous membranes.
Imperfection Control Specific, local treatment for controlling emerging or active acne breakouts. Contains pigments in the formula have a concealing effect. How To Use: Apply a small amount of imperfection control to clean, dry skin, using gentle circular motions to build up the colour and evenly cover the affected area.
Fast Skin Repair A moisturising cream designed to repair damaged tissue. How To Use: Apply a generous amount, lightly massage while giving extra attention to the areas most affected. Allow to completely absorb.
Mesoprotech Mineral Matt Antiaging Fluid A physical UVB+UVA and biological filter. Helping to prevent the visible signs of premature ageing, its liquid to powder emulsion is an innovative non-greasy fluid texture that turns into a powdery emulsion on the skin. How To Use: Shake before use. Apply to the skin in generous amounts over all exposed areas 20 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply every two hours and after swimming.
If your breakouts are relentless, you can ask our staff about the full Acnelan protocol. This is a 3-6 month treatment plan involving 3 x Acnelan peels carried out over 6-10 weeks (ie: one professional peel in-clinic every 2-3 weeks) plus the Acnelan Home Performance Kit to take home and use for the following 3-6 months. This treatment plan is designed to halt an aggressive acne cycle and prevent scarring from recurrent breakouts.